Our Start in Texas
With more artic air heading south we decided on an early departure from New Orleans and after an 8 hour drive, arrived in Blessing Texas. With more cold temps and wet roads on the way we sat tight there for 2 nights to let it pass before continuing south. Our next stop was Rockport Texas where we enjoyed a great (and very spicy) Mexican dinner at Los Comales, a local restaurant. The following day we took the bikes down to the waterfront and did some exploring out on Rockport Beach. Following Rockport we took a lovely 3 hour drive through some remote parts of Texas before arriving at a beautiful camping resort in Edinburg. The roads are flat and straight here and you can see for miles. With pastures, fields and ranches larger than you can imagine, the sights along the way were great. Once we arrived in Edinburg we met up with our friends Randy and Sue. It was great to see them again. Even Stella got excited about seeing their dog Herky again. Here we were able to spend lots of time by the pool, enjoy the company of many other campers, especially during our nightly happy hours and participate in many of the activities available there. I played lots of tennis, Claudia did Zumba and we both played water volleyball. We enjoyed "Pub Nights", “Grill Nights” and theatrical shows put on by the regulars. One of the shows was a fabulous Bob Hope Tribute to Veterans and as a veteran; Claudia and I were treated to a front row seat and some special treatment from the cast. We took advantage of some bad weather by taking a ride to the Museum of South Texas History which was a great take. The museum was set up so that you began your journey of South Texas back in the pre historic period and followed it right through till current times with lots of historical facts and exhibits mixed in with personal stories of people who were part of it. On Friday, 2/14 we headed off to San Antonio. Saturday morning, Claudia and I started out by touring 3 of the 5 old missions in San Antonio. Each one was unique and each beautiful in its own way. Some have been preserved and/or restored more than others but each had its own history. Later that afternoon we met up with our old and dear friends, Caren & Mike who drove down from Dallas. We started things off with a great happy hour. It's been several years since we've seen them but it felt like only yesterday so we picked up right where we left off by having lots to talk about and many laughs. Then we headed off and had a great Mexican dinner together. Sunday we met up at the oldest of the 5 missions, the Alamo. After touring the Alamo, we headed back to the River Walk and did the boat ride down the canal and along the River Walk. We all had a blast. Then it was lunch along the River Walk followed by a trip to "El Mercado", a 3 block outdoor Mexican market lined with artists, crafts, shops and produce stands. After that it was off to our campground for a tour of our motor home. On the way we stopped at the last of the missions that we hadn't seen yet. Once we got to our campsite we proceeded to have a few more drinks and then a final trip out to dinner. We ended up at a restaurant that was very "Texas" like with cowboys and cowgirls serving some delicious steak. It was a great way to end a great weekend with great friends. Ed
Ed and Claudia always dreamed of retiring and travelling the country in their motorhome. They retired in 2013 and this is the continuing story of their adventures on the road.